Cipriano P. Primicias, Jr.

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Cipriano P. Primicias, Sr.
Sen. Cipriano P. Primicias, Sr.
Senate Majority Floor Leader
1953–1963
Senator
1951–1963
Representative
4th District of Pangasinan

1934-1935
1941-1949
Political Party: Nacionalista Party
Born: September 14, 1901
Alcala, Pangasinan

Cipriano Primicias was born on September 14, 1901 in Alcala, in the northern Philippine province of Pangasinan.

He completed his elementary and high school courses with honors and passed the government first grade civil service tests when he was still in high school in 1919. He enrolled in the National Law College and at the same time worked as a clerk in the Bureau of Commerce in 1919 where he rose to the rank of Chief, Commercial Section until 1924 and finished his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1923 with highest honors and passed the bar examinations in the top five that same year.

In 1924, he quit his post at the Bureau of Commerce and began his law practice as an assistant attorney in the law office of Senator Alejo Mabanag. In 1930 he married Miss Pangasinan Nieves Ocampo Benito, who bore him nine children.

A ranking member of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Primicias entered politics when he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives for the fourth district of Pangasinan for three consecutive terms in 1934, 1941 and 1946. Being in the then-minority party at the time, Primicias was an oppositionist and fiscalizer in the House of Representatives. On his last term in the House he served as the Minority Floor Leader. From 1946 till 1964 he was the Nacionalista Party Vice-President.

In 1951, he was elected to his first term as a Senator and in the Philippine Senate he became chairman of the Committees on Finance, Labor, Public Works, and the powerful Committee on Rules and a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. He was reelected to the Senate for a second term in 1957. From 1953 till 1963 Senator Primicias was the Senate Majority Floor Leader.

He died in Quezon City, Philippines, on September 20, 1965.

Senator Primicias was also the former Dean of the College of Law in Orient College, President of the Pindangan Agricultural Company and the Lingayen Gulf Fishing Company and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Preceded by
Eusebio V. Sison
Representative, 4th District of Pangasinan
1934–1935
Succeeded by
Nicomedes T. Rupisan
Preceded by
Nicomedes T. Rupisan
Representative, 4th District of Pangasinan
1941–1949
Succeeded by
Amadeo J. Perez
Preceded by
Tomas Cabili
Senate Majority Floor Leader
1953–1963
Succeeded by
Arturo M. Tolentino

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